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Aug 21, 2013 5:00pm EDT
continues, and that assad has allegedly used chemical weapons again? >> right now, they're actually happens to be a united nations chemical weapons investigative team on the ground in syria. they were just granted access to the country yesterday, i believe. given the reports we have seen overnight about what may or may not have taken place in syria, we think it is important for that investigative team to be given access to that area. the assad regime, when presented with evidence that chemical weapons had been used in their country, have said that they are interested in a credible investigation to get to the bottom of what has happened. it is time for them to live up to that claim. if they actually are interested in getting to the bottom of the use of chemical weapons and whether or not that has occurred in syria, and they will allow the investigative team that is already in syria to access the site where chemical weapons may have been used. it will allow them unfettered access to eyewitnesses, or even those who were affected by the weapons. it will allow them to collect physical samples wi
Aug 17, 2013 6:00am PDT
holes. bashar al-assad is also a shiite. people here are proud to display their loyalty to the syrian regime. jeans, a shop that sells and has his own factory. cure --ting intensified here. the young father shows me what he has been shot at with. i asked what they are. mortars and be seven grenades, 7 grenades, he says. and these are just a few examples, he says. during every firefight, 300 or more are fired at them. in 2008, his brother was shot. the area was sealed off. there is no hospital here. by the time the family got his brother out, he had bled to death. he says that since the spread of fundamentalism, he has become scared. he tells us he is a leading member of the arab democratic arty, that supports assad and is party, that supports assad and is hated by islamists. he says people here are mistrustful of strangers. to us, it seems like a prison. but he says he would rather die here then leave. he won't tell us whether he joins in the fighting himself. he use any means necessary to defend himself and his family. he tells us the fighting is often prompted by events in syria. wh
Aug 22, 2013 12:35am PDT
the confusions are, serious escalation. >> they continue to pressure the assad regime. we see indications that the assad regime is feeling the pressure, but you're right, it has not resulted in the pressure we would like to see, that assad is removed from power. >> reporter: but the white house has said that before. almost a year to the day, president obama warned syria not to cross a red line. >> we have been very clear to the assad regime, but also to other players on the ground that a red line for us is, we start to see a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being used. that would change my calculus. >> reporter: the estimated casualties in today's suspected attack far exceed previous suspected chemical attacks linked to assad's government. the most deadly of which was in march, when at least 30 were killed. >> it is a matter of cooperation. >> reporter: but so far, u.s. aid to syrian rebels has been slow to come. what kind of military aid is getting to syria from the u.s. right now? >> on the u.s. military side, the department of defense, besides the assistance with the hu
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Aug 22, 2013 6:00am EDT
took place in the last 24 hours. if president assad is intelligent and i don't think he is intelligent would basically give his consent for the u.n. inspectors to basically reach the scene or provide them with the means to reach the scene and basically verify that chemical weapons or gas was used. but my take on it was, assad would say it's too dangerous to reach al guta and we don't want to reveal our war plans and foreigners including u.s. inspectors. >> there is an argument that must be put out there, why would the government use chemical weapons at a time when the u.n. security weapons experts are inside the country looking at past allegation of chemical weapons use? >> first of all, you're raising a very important question and which would really have started with your question. we do not have independent information confirming the use of gas in alguta, even though we have the claims by the opposition and the counterclaims by the assad government. i still think the burden of proof lies with the assad government. regardless whether gas was used or not, you have a massacre, the large
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Aug 22, 2013 7:00pm EDT
of the estimated 1300 victims of what syrian rebels claim or chemical weapon attacks by president assad forces. the united nations has taken up the issue with no word of any response as yet. the u.s. state department contradicted themselves today on whether syria has chemical weapons. general jack keene is here to assess the situation. also tonight the nasdaq halting trading for more than three hours today. it still remains silent on what stopped the second largest exchange in its tracks. the s&p chief equity strategist joins us. the department of justice by after the state of texas again. attorney general eric colder determined to allow voting nationwide without requiring identification. kansas secretary of state among our guests here tonight to say why the integrity of our electoral system must be preserved. and the end of the road is near for the self-proclaimed hugger. san diego mayor. and bradley manning wants to be called chelsea as it pursues taxpayer funded gender reassignment therapy from is leavenworth prison cell. the "a-team" takes up all that and a great deal more. we begin with a
Aug 22, 2013 6:00am PDT
claims president assad's government unleashed a barrage of surface to surface rockets filled with poison gas on at least ten villages outside damascus on wednesday. if verified, it would be a chemical attack on a scale the world has not seen since 1988 when saddam hussein gassed thousands of iraqi kurds. rebels say about a third of the dead are children. nbc news has not verified the images. the syrian government deny using chemical weapons altogether. it's been two years since president obama first called for assad to go. saying the type has come for president assad to step aside. it's been a year since he warned syria that there would be consequences for using chemical weapons. >> we have communicated in no uncertain terms with every player in the region that that's a red line for us. and that there would be enormous consequences if we start seeing movement on the chemical weapons front or the use of chemical weapons. >> those consequences have not materialized so far. and the president's critics on syria are getting louder. >> where does this stop? when does the united states, with ve
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Aug 21, 2013 6:00pm PDT
of the wrong people. we have been very clear to the assad regime but also to other players on the ground that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. that would change my calculus. >> that was president obama one year and one day ago clearly laying out that the use of the chemical weapons by the syrian government against its own people would cross a red line for his administration. well, today there are multiple reports that the syrian regime carried out a toxic gas attack this week. while the government is denying it used chemical weapons, earlier today the white house was asked directly what it would take for america to use military force. >> so far in syria more than 100,000 people have been killed. that's effectively like wiping out the whole city of south bend, indiana. how many more people need to die before the u.s. does employ some force beyond the humanitarian aid we're providing before there is a u.s. military use of force? >> peter, what the president does is he is a setsing the national security interests of the
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Aug 21, 2013 11:00pm EDT
the a sad regime about using chemical weapons, at the time, he said, we have been very clear to the assad regime but also other players on the ground that a red line for us is, we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized that would change my calculus, now mike has more on the white house reaction to these developments. >> reporter: the president famous lay laid down that red line, if assad was to use chemical weapons and deploy them in the civil war in syria the red line would be crossed there would be serious repercussions as a matter of fact, earlier this spring, the united states suspected that is exactly what happened hand. they sent their own inspectors from the military intelligent community in to syria and verified that assad had, in fact, deployed those weapons in the ongoing civil war. what did they do? they went to congress, they sought authorization to sends some small munitions to the syrian opposition. that has taken a while. everybody to this day, many syrians in the opposition saying they are not getting the small munitions that his the
Aug 21, 2013 7:00pm PDT
1300 people killed. bashar assad's government has denied the claims. julia seger has more. >> civilians are shown covering their faces and dozens of bodies lying on the floor of a hospital. the pictures were allegedly shot after the syrian regime launched an attack ad against rebel held areas in the capital city. france 24 was not able to verify the footage. it was claim chemical weapons were used in the bombings. >> it is obvious to us that chemical weapons were used and carried out using ballistic missiles. only the regime has that capability. >> contacted by france 24, the syrian observatory for human rights could not directly confirm the report. >> we have documented the 10th airstrike by the syrian air force on one of the towns were activists reported the use of poisonous gas injuring hundreds of people as a result. we have not been able to verify or get all the names but we have seen video documentation. >> syrian authorities probably denied the charges. a military spokesman accused foreign news channels of manipulating public opinion. >> a general leadership of the army confirms
Aug 19, 2013 12:30pm PDT
, with every day of violence, hatred between those who support president assad and those who want to topple him continues to grow. thousands of islamists have also come into syria from outside to fight against assad's forces. among them radicalized young for example, a fundamentalist group in belgium has been recruiting dozens of youth in recent months. >> before he disappeared, brian destroyed pictures of himself. his mother has just a few left. this one, taken a month before her son vanished, shows the young man holding his niece in his arms. >> he disappeared in the middle of the night. i don't know why. no goodbye, nothing. and for six months i haven't heard from him. it makes me so sad to lose my son like this, my only son, who i love so much. >> brian is now thought to be fighting in syria. he's one of some 80 belgians who have joined the islamist group. like more moderate syrian groups, they want to topple the assad regime. hundreds of young muslims from europe have followed its call. on this internet video brian is the youth who seems uncertain about where to put his gun before prayers
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Aug 22, 2013 11:00am EDT
of the assad regime. he said it's been two years since the president, president obama, first call for assad to go. keep the lid on that if you take out assad's assets. no good answers at the white house. >> quite frankly, senator mccains point, it seems putin. >> thank you very much. president obama is on a bus tour. we have presidents of the presie pictures of the president and one of affordable. this is happening shortly. young people prepping for college, the president will be speaking and we'll follow that for you. >>> we'll move on to another story. there are several wildfires burning, so far fire officials say there has been minimal property damage in the yosemite fire. there have been closure of roads leading into the park, it's only 5% contained. >>> a chance of parole heat after admitting killing afghan civilians. we hear about the state of mind of army sergeant robert bales. plus living his life as a woman. the extreme measures a soldier wanting to through after being convicted of releasing classified government documents on wikileaks. there's more to financial news than the ups a
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Aug 21, 2013 3:00pm PDT
a year. >> well, it has been, and we are in a circumstance where the assad regime is still in power. you have a large segment of the international community against them. >> reporter: in june, they believed assad's forces already used chemical weapons several times. today's revelations put the president's team back on defense. >> the president made clear the line was crossed, we expanded the scope and scale of aid, that's on-going. we continued to consider all options. all options remain on the table. >> reporter: john mccain complained about there being no stick behind the rhetoric, tweeting no consequence for assad using chemical weapons and crossing red line. we shouldn't be surprised he's using them again. going back to the start of the crisis in egypt, key players like secretary of state john kerry struggled to get a handle on it. on august 1st, after the egyptian military had already started killing islamist protesters, kerry told go news in pakistan the egyptian military was restoring democracy. >> the military did not take over to the best of our judgment so far, so far, to run t
Aug 22, 2013 3:00am EDT
of president bashar al assad with casualties from 100 to more than 1,it 200. the latter figure if confirmed would amount to one of the greatest war crimes of the past several decades. nbc news cannot verify the authenticity of the amateur video we are about to show you. it purports to show victims of the attacks and contains images of injured adults and children that may be considered disturbing. >> reporter: this morning syrian rebels tell us there was a series of what they claim were chemical weapons attacks. ten villages at least it to the east and north of damascus hit by what rebels say were surface to surface missiles fired by the regime and tipped with chemical weapons. the death toll well over 1,000. symptoms before death, witnesses tell us, were shortness of breath, constricted pupils, foaming at the mouth. we've seen videos posted online showing many women and children among the dead. the syrian government has denied categorically that it was responsible for this attack, denied that it used chemical weapons. >> that was nbc news chief foreign correspondent richard engel reporting,
Aug 15, 2013 2:30pm PDT
afterspoken these pictures from aleppo show assad using chemical weapons allegedly. they say that the rebels have overstepped their mark. a previously is known -- unknown islamist group claimed the attack in beirut, where 20 people were killed south of the lebanese capital. this is a stronghold of the hezbollah movement. this may be in support of bashar al-assad's troops in syria. >> an explosion rips through a busy suburb of beirut, dominated by has by law -- has bullock -- has bullock -- hezbollah. local residents help the firemen put out the flames, but the death toll keeps rising, and the wounded, including women and children, are rushed to nearby hospitals. politicians have condemned this blast. >> this is a crime against this neighborhood, -- >> the attacks took part in a stronghold of has bullock. irangroup is an ally of and syria. insists none were injured -- a group called the brigades of aisha addressed the hezbollah leader on this video. >> we are sending a message to you, your -- you pick, this is the second message and this is explosive. brothers, do not go to the areas held by
Aug 17, 2013 2:30pm PDT
prompted by things that happen in syria. when bashar al-assad attacked the rebels in homs, supporters were attacked. suddenly, we hear muffled shots. he says there are guns being fired. again,g has erupted something the locals are used to. it is not clear who is doing the shooting. sometimes one side will start and sometimes the other. we have to leave before the checkpoint closes and we are trapped here. the next day, on the other side of the front, we meet khalid. he will not tell us his full name. he is a sunni, an opponent of the syrian regime. we are able to move around freely. but nothing is really safe. >> he tells us when fighting inaks out, the supermarket the street is the only one that will stay open to sell food. people risk their lives to buy necessities, like bread. he says that many innocent locals have been injured or killed by snipers. omar was one of the victims, he tells us. he was buying juice when he was hit in the head and killed. that was his nephew, his sister's son. >> the flag of the free syrian army. no mistaking whose side these people are on. when fighting brea
Aug 21, 2013 2:30pm PDT
in theory claims the government of bashar al-assad killed hundreds of people in a chemical attack. photographs online show multiple casualties, including children. the un security council held an the meeting. a warning this report contains disturbing and upsetting images. >> just before don something terrible has happened in a damascus suburb. all the signs of a massive chemical attack. they bring in victim after victim. they are cap for breath. some have convulsions. breath.are cast in for -- gasping for breath. in the hospital it is chaos in the rush to help survivors. tooe are other pictures shocking to show. outside more big m sunrise. arrives.s some are children. treated on the pavement. medics worked on children. baby to respond. this child, he says, what have they done to be shelled? what happened confirmed the failure of the united nations. emerged of thes apparent atrocity, britain's secretary was one of the first to call for an investigation. damascus was quick to deny it was responsible. a shocking escalation of the use of weapons in syria. we hope people responsible wi
Aug 21, 2013 5:30pm EDT
chemical weapons use. if the assad government thought butas going down in flames, i agree there is no pressure for president obama to get involved in another war in the middle east. he is determined to avoid reaction. >> would an attempt to avoid be possible and affect it? i think it is extremely unlike leave. wheres. has some ideas of there is reduction. even under the best circumstances you would only get a percentage of the weapons. syrian airround the force, but that would not stop the syrian government from doing other means of delivery. would these images change political calculation? thisey are horrified by terrible civil war, but i do not isthe public at large interested in this experience in iraq and afghanistan without much to show for it. --t i think is like lee likely is the white house will provide -- step up to equipment. >> egypt president mubarak will in hours. he was sentenced to life in , but judges accepted his appeal. >> for a lifetime he commanded egypt, but he has been behind bars. the relics of the revolution of what the 11 are still in tyree square.
Aug 22, 2013 4:00am PDT
green. opponents of syrian government bashar al assad say they attacked rebel held positions near damascus this morning. this follows yesterday's chemical attack. scores appear to be killed but it's impossible to get an accurate toll. the syrian government denies using chemical weapons, but video appears to show people in the aftermath suffering from telltale signs of a chemical attack. we're warning, some of the images we are about to show you are graphic and they are disturbing. jurica duncan has our report. >> reporter: syrian claim the g bombed the same areas where an alleged chemical weapons attack took place yesterday. the grisly images posted to youtube yesterday showed men, women, children either dying or alreay dead. rebels say chemical weapons killed as many as 1300. cbs news cannot confirm the videos but experts tell us they appear to support the opposition's claims. >> these people have died from some unconventional weapon and at the moment the most likely explanation will be some sort of chemical weapon. >> reporter: syria's information officer denies the country has
Aug 22, 2013 3:00pm PDT
weapons attacks by the assad regime proved true. >> ( translated ): if it is confirmed, france's position is that there must be a reaction. not sending troops on the ground. not only, of course, of international condemnation, but a reaction that could take the shape of the use of force. >> warner: the united nation's security council met in emergency session yesterday to discuss the incident that reportedly killed over a hundred syrian citizens, including women and children wednesday morning. it called for a thorough investigation of the attack, but stopped short of demanding syria let u.n. inspectors on the ground visit site. but today, a spokesman for secretary general ban ki moon said the u.n. chief has called on the syrian government to grant the team access. >> the secretary-general now calls for the mission, presently in damascus, to be granted permission and access to swiftly investigate the incident which occurred on the morning of the 21st of august 2013. a formal request is being sent by the united nations to the government of syria in this regard. he expects to receive a positi
Aug 21, 2013 9:00am PDT
are in the country, the question is why president assad would do this. i want to read a quote from jeffrey goldberg who analyzeds the situation thusly. why would the assad regime do this? the answer is easy, because assad believes no one, not the u.n., not president obama, not other western powers, not the arab league will do a damn thing to stop them. there is a good chance they're correct. what's your analysis, ayman? >> reporter: there is no doubt that what is happening inside syria, president assad has some close allies. his calculus as to why he is carrying out the attacks has to do with his own confidence that the russian government is going to stand behind him. as we've said time and time again when there has been an attack to try to solve this or put pressure on president assad internationally, russia has prevented that. so he feels he must still have russia in his corner that allows him to carry on with the killing machine that he has unleashed over the past two years. it is not going to slow down. whether or not he felt he had to tactically use a chemical weapon we don't know. he would no
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Aug 21, 2013 12:00pm PDT
president, assad, calling the actions deplorable. the problem for the president right now is it was one year ago yesterday actually, one year ago yesterday, at a news conference at the white house, the president laid down what he called a red line. if chemical weapons were used or spread by assad, it would be a game-changer and suggested there would be massive action. >> we've been very clear to the assad regime and other players on the ground that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moved around or utilized. that would change my equation. >> reporter: the president went on at the news conference to say if that red line was crossed there would be enormous consequences for syria. the administration a couple months ago said the red line was crossed and at least one occasion chemical weapons were used. this time we don't have confirmation whether or not chemical weapons were used. there are stuff statements by the u.s. and other governments and he said that there's been aid sent by the u.s. and others to syrian rebels to tried to topple assad. john mccain says
Aug 22, 2013 4:00am EDT
trying to convince the world that assad has been using chemical weapons regularly and on a large scale against civilians. how do you distinguish what you're hearing today from what you've previously heard? >> reporter: a completely different scale. in the past there were many allegations, not just one or two but more than a dozen allegations of chemical weapons being used in very small doses. and it was always something that i've struggled to understand why the bashar al assad regime would do that, why bother using an internationally banned weapon to kill a person or even two. some suggested that this was being done and the u.s. in june came out and said they believe this was happen, that they were using chemical amounts in small doses in order to terrorize the opposition, to terrorize their enemies, to convince them to stop fighting, to leave, to leave the country, to it become refugees. this was a different scale of attack. this was designed to punish a group of people to stop a rebellion that was right on the outskirts of damascus. this is according to the syrian opposition a differ
Aug 22, 2013 10:00am PDT
that it was the regime, the assad regime using the rocket -- the poison rockets? >> i do because of where it's taken place. it's taken place in the suburbs of damascus where the rebels are recently made gains. i think that explains it. the other thing is if they didn't do it, it means they lost control of their own stocks. the rebels aren't creating it. one way or the other it's a bad sign about the regime. >> where do we go from here if they crossed the red line, apparently so, what does the administration do to make good on its commitment? >> this ups the pressure on president obama, not only is it likely to be shown to be a clear crossing of red line, he said almost exactly a year ago, but you're starting to hear from allies most notably today the french, that they think that this is really something that is going to require some kind of coercive international reaction. >> do we know who to give the guns to if we do that? >> we are giving guns but nothing that would possibly have -- it will not change the outcome of the year, wouldn't do anything about chemical weapons. what we're giving them are
Aug 16, 2013 5:00pm PDT
fear right now is that the assad regime will lose control of the comical weapons and it will get into the wrong hands. it is the uncertainty that is more worrying for the west, then the fact of the weapons being used by the regime. it's very down the rabbit hole. very alice in wonderland. >> what difference -- i keep flashing back to iraq. i was in baghdad at the time. did it do any good in the end? iraq was spun with lies. a different case. what if they do find concrete evidence? then the un.n.'s mandate is not to reprimand or disarm them. it is just report that. america does not have an appetite to launch into another war after iraq and afghanistan. it is finished. there is chronic fatigue. >> no money. >> i agree with anne. that this is a stopgap. we are not sending peacekeeping troops. diplomacy has all but failed. >> people are washing their hands. >> we will send an weapons inspectors. we have finally got the go- ahead. so we will do something. we may decide issues so we cannot back away from it. >> they can go wherever they want to go. their mission is going to be very mon
Aug 18, 2013 2:30pm PDT
sites. the government of president bashar al-assad have accused each other of deploying chemical agents. >> the inspectors had no comment when they arrived at their hotel. their findings could have major consequences. a year ago the u.s. said that the use of chemical weapons would trigger action. >> we have been very clear to the outside regime but also to other players on the ground that a red line for us is we start saying -- seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons being moved around or utilized. >> this video is said to show the victims of a gas attack, both sides have accused the other of using chemical agents. there are many anecdotal accounts. >> there was a smell so we went out. i felt dizzy and my eyes turned red. >> despite mounting evidence of chemical weapons use, the u.s. has not taken action yet. there has not been even a hint of military intervention so far. the inspector's mission is to conduct an independent analysis of whether such weapons were deployed at all, not who is responsible. they'll investigate three sites over a two-week visit. some in the opposition see the
Aug 19, 2013 5:30am PDT
.n. arms experts has rivein damascus after president bashar al-assad finally agreed to let them investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons. the charges have been leveled by the united states, britain, and france. they arrived as fierce fighting ranged -- rachel in the coastal heartland of -- rachel in the coastal heartland of assad's clan. the syrian army says it has taken that area. kurds have poured into iraq in the last few days in a sudden, massive movement. the refugees are restating deadly clashes between kurdish fighters and jihadist. than 15,000s more have crossed into a rack in the latest influx since thursday, with more expected to follow. >> described as a river of people coming towards the border but the u.n. high commissioner days, mores, in 4 than 15,000 syrian kurds have poured across the border into the kurdish region of northern iraq, fleeing from islam militants. 16, someust 15 and that -- some 7000 bebop and crossing into the area each day -- 7000 people have been crossing into the area each day. >> and a proximate figure? >> around 6000 or 7000. >> authorities reope
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Aug 22, 2013 1:00pm EDT
damascus, an acquisition strongly denied by assad's government. but the shocking video of the victims have brought swift international condemnation. the french government demanding some sort of action. [ speaking fore language ] >> if proven, our position is there needs to be a reaction. what does that mean? not to send soldiers in the field but a reaction of international condemnation and a condemnation and i will be more precise, of force. >> and the germans hinting at an act of barbarism. [ speaking foreign language ] >> we're very concerned about the allegations of chemical weapons in syria. should it turn out to be true, would be a monstrosity. >> an hour of the united nations security council failed to pro*e dues an agreement on the best response. the u.n. secretary general called for a thorough investigation for all reported incidents but ultimately, it would be up to the syrian government to give their permission. they continued to deny responsibility. [ speaking foreign language ] >> everything that has been said is ridiculous and most unscientific and objective. we mean what we a
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Aug 16, 2013 1:00am PDT
suffering. but, number one, on the assad regime side, have you hezbollah and iran. on the other side you increasingly dominated by al qaeda and franchise. >> bill: we don't get rid of guns assad. we have to get rid of this guy. >> would you rather have al qaeda? >> no. i would rather have a decent government in there assad is not a decent man and you know it and he does help terrorists all day long. we are trading one devil for the next. >> well, bill, i don't like assad but right now my point is right now our enemies are killing each other. that is not a bad deal for us. >> bill: we are engendering hatred to our country from people who might support us. >> they are too busy killing each other. >> bill: no, no, no. they are waiting for some kind of humanitarian help from the u.s.a. and not getting anything. >> tough luck, look. the arabs are rich. the turks have the second biggest military named after the united states. well, why do we have to somebody in tell me why one american should die to stop al qaeda from killing each other. >> bill: we are supposed to be the country that mow moat
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Aug 22, 2013 12:00pm PDT
rebels claim the president bashir al assad's regime launched a deadly chemical weapons attack there's word that the military is bombing the same area. amateur video shows syrian rebels firing on a rebel held be neighborhood east of the capital stiff damascus. we can't confirm this or confirm the death toll from yesterday's purported gas attacks. there are quivering people and dying people. no blood. no wounds. yet they are dying. experts say classic chemical weapons attack or looks like it. again we can't confirm. some news agencies now say 100 the dead. more than 1,000 wounded. one activist told reuters agency we're being exterminated. bashir al assad's people deny the allegations. the chief fox correspondent jonathan hunt is with us. they can't be sure. they are waiting for the united nations to get in there. the united nations put out the weakest statement possible for the united nations yesterday. it's doing nothing. >> reporter: united nations officials say they are doing everything they can which amounts at the moment to very little because they cannot get to the area of yeste
Aug 21, 2013 11:00am PDT
basis. the conduct of this investigation, the results of this investigation, or the efforts by the assad regime to inhibit this investigation will certainly impact that calculation about possible additional aid. >> reporter: so you heard josh earnest there talking about the potential for additional aid to syria. so far the u.s. has sent additional weapons to the rebel forces. president obama has said the use of chemical weapons is a red line. of course, there were reports corroborating use of a red line earlier, tamron. that's why they sent those additional weapons to the opposition forces. but the big question mark is, what can they do now? it's not clear. bashar al assad doesn't seem to be losing any traction. in fact, things seem to be getting worse by the day. tamron? >> all right, kristen. now let's go to nbc's ayman mohyeldin. he's live in cairo, egypt. the clock is ticking, but as we understand, hosni mubarak should be released perhaps in the next 24 hours. what else can you tell us? >> reporter: well, we understand at this point it's simply a procedural matter, as long as the pri
Aug 21, 2013 5:00pm PDT
the kurds. >> exactly. now, you know, he's gaining in the battlefield he's gaining ground. >> assad? >> sorry, assad. and his allies in the region are helping him. iran, hezbollah, and he's looking at egypt and he's thinking, you know what, they toppled the president. we had islamists winning. it didn't succeed and now back to the old regime. even mubarak is coming by. >> you think assad is making the calculation he looks at the reeg that will picture saying actually this arab spring, this wave of revolution, we're now seeing retrenchment, i can hold on to this. i can stick this out. >> exactly. also he sees confusion by the west. we weren't able to call a coup a real coup for days until now we're not even cutting the aid from the egyptians after they killed thousands of protesters. look, assad is the most machiavellian dictator in the region and he's looking around him and he's making a very hard calculation saying, okay, i tested the chemical weapons. nobody protested. now i'm testing it in a bigger scale. >> so let's say that is the case. let's say those initial reports which wer
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